Best boutique hotels in Ireland

Small luxury hotels, country houses, city hotels and romantic retreats

Ireland is one of the most beautiful islands in Western Europe. Dubbed the Emerald Isle, it is renowned for its stunning landscapes, beautiful rivers  and lakes, and wind-swept beaches. Salmon and trout fishing, golf, walking are all easily at hand. But above all it is the charm of the natives that is reflected in some of the Good Hotel Guide's favourite hotels where the warmth of the welcome remains truly Irish. In many of the smaller places, you will be received as a friend and given an unforgettable insight into the gentle Irish way of life.

The directory below presents some of the Guide's selected Hotels in Ireland. You can use Advanced Search for other hotels or click on the map to see other hotels.

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Featured hotels in Ireland

Rathsallagh House, DUNLAVIN, Co. Wicklow

In extensive parkland (with a golf course and a walled garden), the O'Flynn family's hotel is a 'low-key' yet 'totally spoiling' country house. There are sofas and armchairs in the traditional drawing

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No. 1 Pery Square, LIMERICK, Co. Limerick

In a city at the head of the Shannon estuary, Patricia Roberts’s small hotel is a conversion of two town houses in a terrace regarded as a fine example of late Georgian architecture. ‘One

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Hotels in Ireland

  • Bushmills Inn, BUSHMILLS, Co. Antrim

    Dating in part to the 17th century, this higgledy-piggledy old coaching inn and adjoining mill house has a grand staircase, a 'secret' library, and a web of interconnecting cosy snugs with turf fires,

  • Rosleague Manor, LETTERFRACK, Co. Galway

    Looking across a sea lough, this Georgian manor house, owned by Mark Foyle and his father, Edmund, has many fans among regular Guide reporters. This year's praise: 'We are in love with it: the

  • Sheedy's, LISDOONVARNA, Co. Clare

    For eleven months a year, Lisdoonvarna is a 'typical small Irish country town well placed for exploring the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher'; in September it is transformed during the annual

  • Viewmount House, LONGFORD, Co. Longford

    The former home of the Earl of Longford, this restored Georgian house is run as a 'wonderful' guest house and restaurant by Beryl and James Kearney. Less than a mile from the town centre, it sits in

  • The Dunloe, KILLARNEY, Co. Kerry

    Surrounded by stunning scenery overlooking the Gap of Dunloe, this 'magical' luxury hotel stands in its own extensive estate, with gardens, farmland and the ruins of the 12th-century Dunloe Castle,

  • The Cuan, STRANGFORD, Co. Down

    Guests like the warm welcome and personable service at Peter and Caroline McErlean's guest house, in a conservation village on the shores of Strangford Lough (a World Heritage site). Spacious,

  • The g Hotel, Galway, Co. Galway

    A dramatic light installation hangs in the double-height atrium of this style-conscious Philip Treacy-designed hotel overlooking Lough Atalia; elsewhere in the hotel, there are glamorous, dimly lit

  • Ballymaloe House, SHANAGARRY, Co. Cork

    In 2014, the Allen family's renowned hotel/restaurant celebrated its 50th anniversary. Myrtle Allen had been farming on the estate with her late husband, Ivan, for 16 years when she first opened a

  • Foxmount Country House, WATERFORD, Co. Waterford

    On a working dairy farm, Margaret and David Kent's creeper-covered 17th-century house stands in extensive gardens of manicured lawns, mature trees and a profusion of azaleas and rhododendrons. B&B

  • Lorum Old Rectory, BAGENALSTOWN, Co. Carlow

    In large grounds in rolling land at the foot of Mount Leinster, Bobbie Smith welcomes guests to her family home, a mid-Victorian rectory which she runs as a small guest house. 'Bobbie and her

  • Stella Maris., Ballycastle, Co. Mayo

    'We enjoyed sitting in the splendid conservatory, where we had the additional pleasure of watching dolphins frolicking in the bay.' In former times a Coast Guard regional headquarters and, latterly, a

  • Seaview House, BALLYLICKEY, Co. Cork

    'You might not always see me, but I am never far away,' Kathleen O'Sullivan tells visitors to her extended, white, bay-windowed Victorian house overlooking Bantry Bay. She runs a hotel that is 'warmly

  • Gregans Castle Hotel., BALLYVAUGHAN, Co. Clare

    Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray's 'magical' 18th-century country house stands in tranquil grounds with spectacular views across the Burren to Galway Bay. Public rooms have antiques, sofas and jugs

  • Ravenhill House, BELFAST, Co Antrim

    Hospitable hosts Roger and Olive Nicholson greet B&B guests with tea, coffee and biscuits at their restored Victorian house two miles from the centre. Bedrooms have locally handcrafted furniture;

  • Richmond House, CAPPOQUIN, Co. Waterford

    The 'relaxed style' and 'pleasantly old-fashioned feel' are liked by visitors to Paul and Claire Deevy's small hotel and restaurant on the outskirts of an 'appealing, old-fashioned' town. Guests are

  • Carrig Country House and Restaurant, CARAGH LAKE, Co. Kerry

    In wooded grounds on the shores of a lake facing Macgillycuddy's Reeks (a mountain range with the highest peaks in Ireland), this country hotel was built as a hunting and fishing lodge for English

  • Cromleach Lodge, CASTLEBALDWIN, Co. Sligo

    In a tranquil position in the hills above Lough Arrow, Moira and Christy Tighe's hotel is surrounded by 'beautiful' Sligo scenery. Spacious, traditionally decorated bedrooms are in the main house,

  • Enniscoe House, CASTLEHILL, Co. Mayo

    On an estate that has been in the same family since the 1650s (an ancestor came over with Cromwell), this classic mansion was built in the 1790s. It is run as a private hotel ('the sort the Guide is

  • Ballyvolane House, CASTLELYONS, Co. Cork

    In extensive grounds, this grand country house (built in 1728 for a Lord Chief Justice of Ireland) has been the home of the Green family for more than 60 years. It is run in relaxed style by Justin

  • The Quay House, CLIFDEN, Co. Galway

    On the small harbour below the town, this cluster of buildings, originally the harbourmaster's house, later a monastery, is run as a B&B by Paddy and Julia Foyle. It has long been liked by readers

  • Ballywarren House, CONG, Co. Mayo

    Owners David and Diane Skelton moved from Hayling Island to build their family home in farmland close to the Atlantic coast. They welcome visitors 'warmly' on a B&B basis; she will cook an evening

  • The Mill, DUNFANAGHY, Co. Donegal

    Overlooking a 'lovely' lake, on the outskirts of a small resort town, this former 19th-century flax mill is run as an unpretentious restaurant-with-rooms by Susan Alcorn and her husband, Derek. She is

  • Salville House, ENNISCORTHY, Co. Wexford

    In large wooded grounds on a quiet hilltop, Gordon and Jane Parker's Victorian country house was found 'as good as ever' by a regular correspondent this year. 'We enjoyed a house-party atmosphere with

  • Marlfield House, GOREY, Co. Wexford

    Antiques, chandeliers and fine pictures add to the charm of this fine Regency mansion which has been run as a luxury country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) by the Bowe family since 1978.

  • Rayanne House, HOLYWOOD, Co. Down

    Second-generation family owners, Conor and Bernadette McClelland, have created an 'individualistic place' at their Victorian merchant's mansion in large gardens in a small dormitory town near Belfast.

  • Shelburne Lodge, KENMARE, Co. Kerry

    Set back from the road in spacious grounds on the eastern edge of the town, this 1740s house has been run as a B&B by the Foley family for 20 years. Their 'cheery, helpful charm' is much admired.

  • Virginia's Guesthouse, KENMARE, Co. Kerry

    At the head of Kenmare Bay, this little town is popular with tourists exploring the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara. Above a restaurant in its busy centre is this unpretentious guest house, run by

  • Roundwood House, MOUNTRATH, Co. Laois

    In pastures and woods in the rural Irish Midlands, this fine Palladian villa is the family home of Paddy and Hannah Flynn. The restoration of the house has been a labour of love for the family for

  • Mornington House, MULTYFARNHAM, Co. Westmeath

    The rural tranquillity is broken only by the dawn chorus at this old country house, which stands in parkland with walled gardens near Lough Derravaragh. Visitors are entertained on house-party lines

  • Newport House., NEWPORT, Co. Mayo

    There is a mellow elegance at this grand Georgian country house overlooking the estuary of the River Newport: its traditionally decorated public rooms are filled with intricate mouldings, oil

  • Currarevagh House, OUGHTERARD, Co. Galway

    In beautiful parkland and woodland on Lough Corrib, this early Victorian manor house has been run as a hotel by the Hodgson family since 1890. Henry Hodgson is assisted by his mother, June; his wife,

  • Frewin, RAMELTON, Co. Donegal

    On the outskirts of a historic Georgian port, Regina and Thomas Coyle's carefully restored Victorian rectory stands in mature wooded grounds. Decorated 'with flair', the family home has stained-glass

  • Rathmullan House, RATHMULLAN, Co. Donegal

    In 'wild and wonderful Donegal', this much-extended Georgian mansion has been owned by the Wheeler family for more than 50 years; Mark Wheeler is the manager. The spacious public rooms have high

  • Lough Inagh Lodge, RECESS, Co. Galway

    In a 'spectacular' position, this 'lovely, peaceful' lodge overlooking the lough is surrounded by the Twelve Bens and Mam Turk mountain ranges. It is run with 'a pleasant informality' by owner Máire

  • Coopershill, RIVERSTOWN, Co. Sligo

    On a large estate on the River Arrow, with a sizeable deer farm and woodland, this Palladian mansion has been home to the O'Hara family since it was built in 1774. Visitors are welcomed as house

  • Cairn Bay Lodge, BANGOR, Co. Down

    In a seaside town overlooking Ballyholme Bay, this 'impressive' Edwardian villa is run as a B&B by Chris and Jenny Mullen, 'whose commitment to making your stay enjoyable would be hard to match'.

  • Hilton Park, CLONES, Co. Monaghan

    The Madden family entertain guests in house-party style at the imposing Italianate mansion which has been their home since it was built in 1704. Today it is run by Fred and Joanna Madden (of the ninth

  • Harvey's Point, DONEGAL TOWN, Co. Donegal

    The Bluestack Mountains provide a backdrop for the Gysling family's country hotel on the shores of Lough Eske. Spacious, traditionally decorated bedrooms in the main house have dark wood furnishings

  • The Old Presbytery, KINSALE, Co. Cork

    Packed with fascinating memorabilia, Philip and Noreen McEvoy's rambling B&B, on a quiet street in the centre of town, is in a 200-year-old house that was once a priests' residence attached to the

  • Moy House., LAHINCH, Co. Clare

    In extensive grounds with mature woodland and a river, this white-painted 19th-century country house has spectacular views over Lahinch Bay. Caroline Enright is the manager. Bedrooms are individually

  • Ballinkeele House, ENNISCORTHY, Co. Wexford

    In parkland, with three lakes, woods, lawns and gardens, this 'magnificent' Georgian mansion was built for the Maher family in 1840. It remains their 'welcoming family home', these days under the

  • The Lodge at Ashford, CONG, Co. Mayo

    Overlooking Lough Corrib on the Ashford Castle estate, this country hotel, in a former gamekeeper's home, has welcomed fishermen, huntsmen and nature walkers since the late 19th century. Spacious

  • Newforge House, MAGHERALIN, Co. Armagh

    Midway between Belfast and Armagh (which has two cathedrals), this Georgian country house is well placed for touring Northern Ireland or for visitors venturing further south. It is run by John and

  • Waterloo House, DUBLIN, Co. Dublin

    On a peaceful residential street in a 'very central' location near St Stephen's Green, Evelyn Corcoran's comfortable B&B is well liked for the 'helpful' service and 'good' breakfasts. Some of the

  • Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, INIS MEÁIN, Co. Galway

    On the most remote of the three Aran Islands (a stronghold of Irish culture), this 'stunning' modern stone-and-glass building is designed to blend into the native terraced stone fields; there are

  • The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, BALLINGARRY, Co. Limerick

    'A wonderful place', Daniel Mullane's restaurant-with-rooms is a 'beautifully decorated country house' in fine gardens in one of Ireland's prettiest villages. A returning visitor in 2014 was 'welcomed

  • Knockeven House, COBH, Co. Cork

    On the outskirts of town, Pam and John Mulhaire's B&B is in a double-fronted Victorian house in well-kept gardens; displays of magnolias, azaleas and camellias can be seen from the spacious bedrooms.

  • Laurel Villa Townhouse, MAGHERAFELT, Co. Londonderry

    The atmosphere at Eugene and Gerardine Kielt's elegant B&B is decidedly literary, with a rich collection of Seamus Heaney memorabilia on display, and comfortable bedrooms named after Ulster poets.

  • Ballaghtobin Country House., CALLAN

    Remotely situated, Catherine and Mickey Gabbett's 18th-century ancestral home is in informal gardens within a 500-acre farm producing cereals and Christmas trees (wood chips power the boiler for

  • Beech Hill Country House, NEWTOWNARDS, Co. Down

    In the Holywood hills, close to Belfast, Victoria Brann's white Georgian-style house is ideally placed for Belfast City Airport and the ferries. The stunning entrance hall, painted a vivid red, has a

  • Café Paradiso, CORK, Co. Cork

    Within easy walking distance of the town centre, this vegetarian restaurant-with-rooms is owned by acclaimed chef and cookbook writer Denis Cotter, who runs it with Geraldine O'Toole. Tempting enough

  • The Old Rectory, BELFAST, Co. Antrim

    There is a friendly atmosphere at Mary Callan's homely guest house, in a 19th-century rectory close to the centre and the university. Visitors appreciate the many thoughtful touches: the drawing room

  • The York, PORTSTEWART, Co. Londonderry

    Overlooking the sea, this contemporary restaurant-with-rooms has 'pleasant' staff and 'spacious, well-equipped' bedrooms. Several rooms have sea views; superior suites have a private balcony

  • Whitepark House, BALLINTOY, Co. Antrim

    Above the spectacular sandy beach of Whitepark Bay, this crenellated 18th-century house in a lovely garden is four miles east of the Giant's Causeway. It is run as a cosy B&B by Bob and Siobhan Isles,

  • Hunter's Hotel, RATHNEW, Co. Wicklow

    Said to be the oldest remaining inn in Ireland, this former coaching inn, in two acres of beautiful gardens on the banks of the River Vartry, retains all the charms of a former age. Currently run by

  • The Cliff Townhouse, DUBLIN, Co. Dublin

    Once home to one of the oldest private members' clubs in Ireland, this handsome Georgian house opposite St Stephen's Green is now a stylish town house hotel and seafood and oyster restaurant. It is

  • Ballyduff House., THOMASTOWN, Co Kilkenny

    On the banks of the River Nore, Brede Thomas's 'outstanding' B&B is filled with 'real style and friendliness'. The handsome Georgian house is in a 'fabulous situation' amid farmland and gardens;

  • Brook Lane Hotel., KENMARE, Co. Kerry

    Una and Dermot Brennan's small, friendly hotel is in a pretty heritage town on the bay, and an ideal base for exploring the Ring of Kerry. Superior bedrooms are simply decorated in earth tones; deluxe

  • Crocnaraw Country House., MOYARD, Co. Galway

    'A terrific hostess', Lucy Fretwell runs this homely guest house in her traditional Georgian country home. Close to Ballinakill Bay, the house is set in 20 acres of wooded gardens and meadows.

  • Ghan House., CARLINGFORD, Co. Louth

    By a 'pretty' medieval village, this listed Georgian house with views across Carlingford Lough is run in 'hands-on' style by Paul Carroll and his mother, Joyce, with friendly staff. Traditionally

  • Rosquil House, KILKENNY, Co Kilkenny

    Phil and Rhoda Nolan are the welcoming owners at this 'pleasing, modern' guest house, 20 minutes' walk from the 'well-kept and interesting town'. Good-sized bedrooms are simply and smartly furnished;

  • Ariel House, DUBLIN, Co. Dublin

    The McKeown family renovated three Victorian town houses to form their B&B hotel in leafy Ballsbridge, close to the Aviva stadium and the RDS showgrounds. It is managed by Deidre McDonald. Period

  • Grove House, SCHULL, Co. Cork

    Overlooking the harbour in a village popular with yachting folk, this restored period house has a long association with the arts; George Bernard Shaw and Edith Somerville were on the guest list when

  • Sea Mist House, CLIFDEN, Co. Galway

    A fierce storm in 1998, which lifted the roof from this 1820s town house, initiated the renovation that led to its opening as a B&B. Sheila Griffin, whose grandfather bought the house in 1920,

  • Temple House, BALLYMOTE, Co. Sligo

    'We're not a hotel, this is our family home,' say Roderick and Helena Perceval, who welcome guests with a handshake to their Georgian mansion. It stands on a large estate with parkland, a boating lake

  • Castle Leslie., GLASLOUGH, Co. Monaghan

    'Everything was excellent.' In 1,000 acres of rolling countryside, ancient woods and lakes, this luxury hotel remains in the hands of the Leslie family, who founded the estate in the 1660s. It is

  • Gorman's Clifftop House., GLASHABEG, Co. Kerry

    An open turf fire and a pot of tea await guests on cool days at this comfortable guest house and restaurant, in a 'splendid location' on the Dingle peninsula. It is run by Síle and Vincent Gorman,

  • Ardmore Country House, WESTPORT, Co. Mayo

    'We had a warm welcome.' With 'excellent' views over Clew Bay, the Hoban family's yellow-painted hotel and restaurant is a short walk from the lively town and harbour. David Hoban is the manager;

  • Butler Arms., WATERVILLE, Co. Kerry

    Five generations of the Huggard family have run this 'friendly' hotel since 1915, in a little village along the Wild Atlantic Way. 'It is a well-run place; the management are highly visible at all

  • Glenlohane House., KANTURK, Co. Cork

    Surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens, meadows and fields, this handsome 18th-century country house has belonged to the Sharp-Bolster family for 11 generations. It is filled with heirlooms and

  • The Brehon, KILLARNEY, Co Kilkenny

    ‘Absolute relaxation.’ Next to the national park, the O’Donahue family’s large, modern spa hotel is run with ‘fantastic attention to detail’ by staff who

  • Watermill Lodge, LISNASKEA

    In mature gardens beside Lough Erne, French chef and keen fisherman Pascal Brissaud's restaurant-with-rooms is in a picturesque thatched house, with accommodation in an adjacent building. Comfortable